Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Christmas Gift

Our Christmas Gift


Sometimes my email brings us true gifts, that make me cry with gratitude for the gift of being able to do what we do here.

Back in mid September a stranger named Cori emailed the following query:

My daughter had spine surgery and has some nerve damage. I would like to try helichrysum oil on her back. Can you recommend an appropriate size and carrier oil? As well as dilution?
Now of course, I am not legally able to even suggest that any of our products can help with healing.  But how can I ignore a mother's plea.

So, with all of the obligatory caveats, I suggested:
 Either the Corsican or the Balkan helichrysum italicuum would be my choice...  and I would try two different carriers... first, St. John's Wort oil..  if that doesn't help, I would think about using a blend of calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) and jojoba...    both the SJU and the calophyllum can have pain relieving effects on their own...  

and I would use the helichrysum at somewhere btwn a 2.5% and a 5% dilution...        more shouldn't be necessary.   you also might want to add a touch of black pepper or ginger, the 'warmth' can stimulate circulation which aids healing...  and lavender or sweet marjoram ...anti spasmodic/relaxing for pain relief.

You could just try our Miracle blend  at first...  our blend specifically for nerve & joint pain...  I hope some of this helps her!!!!!!!!!!!

She wrote back 

Thank you Marge. She actually has a spinal cord injury from the surgery. I have read a bunch of articles about helichrysum helping stimulate nerves and nerve regeneration. She has no pain. Does the miracle blend give that "menthol" feeling? She's 8 and I don't know if she'd tolerate that.

 BTW Thank you so much for all of the info.

>> no... we don't use mint in it... you can read the ingredients...
>> poor darling....this hurts just reading about it Cori!

> Thank you! I'm going to order some in the morning. Can't wait to try it. Leaving no stone  unturned :)
And I went on about our business, never thought about the correspondence again, because I get tons of email every day.

This week I heard back from Cori.

Hi Marge-
I just wanted to let you know that I used your Miracle Oil on my daughters back and put her in the pool two days later for some water therapy. She started moving her legs
For the first time in 3 months! She is now walking unassisted.
I certainly believe that with the combination of the therapy, recovery time and oils that her spinal cord injury has "repaired" itself. Thank you for recommending it. 

What a gift, reading that to start my Monday morning.  I wrote to thank her for letting us know the results... her reply..
You can share my story! My mother was here with me when I started using the oil. The first 2 days we used it quite often around her surgical/injury site. My mom and I talk about it all the time, how we wonder how much of it was the oil or just a culmination of all of our/her efforts. I guess we will never know but I'm so glad I found you and you recommended it to me!   Needless to say we need more :) She says it helps when her back is hurting..and I think the scent helps her sleep!

Thank you! And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
and the final postscript, that let me know that I needed to share this:

I forgot to tell you also..when we saw the Dr. in September we had an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon tell us she would never walk again. So...I do believe the oils had some part in her progress! 

Thank you again! I love what you do! It is absolutely fascinating.

Years ago, at a conference or retreat, the leader stopped in mid presentation, looked around the room and said, all inclusively, "Isn't it grand to be US."

I was reminded again this week what a true gift it is to be us, and to do what we do. All of us... in the aromatic healing community. What gifts we have been given to share.

Happy holidays everyone... I hope you have some gifts of healing shared with you to give you the gratitude we are feeling.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Neglected Oils - Palma Rosa

Neglected Oils - Palma Rosa

There are some essential oils that are just "there"... we make them available. They are relatively inexpensive and affordable.  They just are not - exciting.  At least, not to me.  I tend to forget that they are here, tend not to blend with them, tend not to use them at all. We stock them because clients buy them, but my attitude has always been "so what." (I shouldn't admit this.  I just lead you to believe that I love ALL of our oils...but I never could love Palma Rosa.)

What do we say about it on the website:
"A product of a sweet smelling tropical grass, Palma Rosa Oil smells like a blend of Rose and Geranium Oil. I have seen it offered as “Rose Geranium” so check the Latin name on any Rose Geranium you buy, it may well be Palma Rosa.
Palma Rosa Essential Oil is very effective in blends for treating various skin conditions as it helps balance production of sebum, thus being useful for both extremely dry and oily skin. A strongly anti-infectious oil, as well as being antifungal, Palma Rosa may be useful in treating a range of skin infections. I like to add it to any anti-fungal blend.
It blends beautifully with geranium, emphasizes the scent of rose in any blend, works well with lavender. Emotionally, it is said to aid in the release of anger and grief.
I have occasionally found it useful in a PMS blend."

Okay. that was written so long ago I don't remember my sources for the above information.  Whoopie-do.  I never used it.

Then came the Module 3 course of our Clinical Aromatherapy certification course. And one of the long list of oils studied in Mod three was Palma Rosa.  The same Palma Rosa oil that we offer.

What makes Palma Rosa worth studying by a Clinical Aromatherapist?  Lots of things that I did not know or had forgotten about it!
  1. Palma Rosa is strongly anti-infectious and based on classical use, anti-viral. This would make it a great addition to a diffuser blend to keep you home germ-free.
  2. For skincare, it is an effective ingredient in anti-acne blends.
  3. It is believed to help lower the appearance of thread veins and spider veins.
  4. Added to a bowl of cool water it makes an effective compress or sponge to reduce a fever.
  5. Highly recommended in a room spray to freshen the air in a sick room.
  6. Wonderful for woundcare, especially when diluted in Calophyllum inophyllum.
Palma Rosa's most common commercial use is to fragrance soap, because of it's 'rosy' aroma.  It's anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities make it the perfect additive to a germkilling soap or wash. (But don't expect it to truly smell like true rose!) 

What has recaptured my enthusiasm is its antibacterial and possibly antiviral qualities.  We are so used to reading about the use of the hazardous spice oils for germ killing.  Palma Rosa is one of the "benign" oils. It is considered non-hazardous, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.  Tisserand recommends a maximum dermal dilution of 6.5%, a relatively strong dilution.  It seems to me that it would be a wonderful blend to clean and sanitize a child's room.

Aromatically, it is said to blend well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lime, Myrrh,  Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Ylangylang.

Geranium and Palma Rosa seem to echo each other in a blend. They dance together beautifully.  Atlas Cedarwood could anchor the blend, Ylangylang could sweeten it.  I would like to see it blended with Lavender and Geranium for a blend for acne or for combination skin. 

I'm glad to be reminded about this forgotten gem!